An evening of music and poetry will officially celebrate Leeds Parish Church becoming a minster.
The event tonight (Sept 27) features verse by poet Carol Ann Duffy and music by John Sampson, written especially for the occasion.
Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be reading from her latest poetry book The Bees and other recent works. Music will be provided by John Sampson performing with medieval instruments.
The Scottish poet will be available for a book signing after the event at the Kirkgate venue.
An artistic version of the new poem has been created by Stephen Raw and a limited number of prints will be available for purchase on the evening.
Carol Ann is a poet and playwright, and Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University.
She is the winner of numerous poetry awards, and has been awarded an OBE and CBE. Currently she holds an honorary doctorate from four universities (Dundee, St Andrew’s, Hull and Warwick) and an honorary fellowship at Homerton College, Cambridge.
Her poetry is widely studied in many British schools at GCSE and A-level. During her time as Poet Laureate, her work has explored subjects as wide ranging as the death of the last two soldiers from World War One, the MPs’ expenses scandal, the Royal Wedding, the FIFA World Cup, and a poem for those who have lost their lives to HIV/Aids.
John Sampson will play a variety of woodwind instruments, both contemporary and medieval. His compositions draw on Celtic, jazz and classical traditions.
The evening has been organised by Leeds Church Institute and is co-sponsored by Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society.
The event starts at 7.30pm and tickets are still available from LCI and Leeds Minster at £5 (£2.50 concessions).
Phone 0113 245 4700 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase them today. (Sept 27)